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By Annie Choi

Meet Annie Choi. She fears cable automobiles and refuses to consume whatever that casts a shadow. Her brother thinks bird is a vegetable. Her father sometimes starts off fires at paintings. Her mom collects Jesus buying and selling playing cards and wears plaid like it's a role. regardless of how challenging Annie and her relations try and comprehend each other, they typically arise hilariously brief.

But in the middle of a relatives concern, Annie involves observe that the one approach to live to tell the tale each other is to stay jointly . . . as tough as that may be. Annie Choi's Happy Birthday or Whatever is a sidesplitting, eye-opening, and transcendent story of dealing with an infuriating, challenging, yet finally loving Korean family.

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So according to my calculations, the hand-me-downs I was forced to wear in 1986, were actually from 1976, but looked like they were from 1966. So in the 80s when most of the kids were wearing neon-pink, peg-legged jeans, I was wearing dirt-brown bell-bottoms. When girls were wearing long, belted tops that fell off of one shoulder, I was wearing checkered polyester pant suits. Then there were clothes that looked over two hundred years outdated. One of my mother’s favorite outfits she forced me to wear was a pair of bright green knickerbockers and a white blouse with an unruly amount of lace ruffles at the collar and cuffs.

I hated my teacher for giving me a B-plus. I hated my mother for thinking it wasn’t good enough—that I wasn’t good enough. And the only thing worse than oxtail soup was cold oxtail soup. I pressed down on my pencil hard. 31 happy bir thday or w hatever “Anne, you do good in math and science. You teacher say you read good. But why you bad in spelling? ” Spelling was difficult for me, but I knew I wasn’t a bad speller. I was a better-than-average, B-plus speller, which is very close to being a fairly outstanding, A-minus speller.

My mother picked me up from school. I slammed the car door and jerked on my seat belt. ” “No, she got it right. The teachers said so. ” “I don’t know. ” We checked in our World Book Encyclopedia. “Why didn’t they just ask me to spell harp? ” “It was a mean trick! I hate spelling. ” My teacher approached me the next day, patted me on the back, and handed me a thick booklet. It was full of words—hundreds of words in alphabetical order. Some contained more vowels than any other word I had ever seen.

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